Kinesiotape (KT Tape) is a therapeutic technique for pain and mobility that promotes lymphatic drainage. Practitioners have been using taping for 40 years. It is commonly used for:
- Optimizing physical and athletic performance.
- Reducing pain.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Reducing swelling.
- Helping with post-surgical healing.
- Helping with post-injury healing.
- Preventing injuries.
- Promoting good circulation.
Kinesiotape is essentially a stabilizing treatment. It helps to stabilize weak or injured areas by applying light, nonrestrictive pressure. In studies, it has been shown to increase space in the knee and shoulder joints.
The pressure and compression created by taping are believed to assist with lymphatic flow and circulation. While Kinesiotape is popular among athletes, it is something that anyone can benefit from. Here at Barnes Chiropractic, we routinely see the benefits of taping for patients who work with us at our office in Centennial, Colorado.
What You Can Expect From Kinesiotape
Kinesiotape is often used as part of a larger plan for healing and wellness. When you work with us here at Barnes Chiropractic, we’ll help you discover how taping might help you to promote healing and better performance in conjunction with other treatments that are used to balance muscles and joints. We will begin with an assessment that includes:
- Muscle testing.
- Range-of-motion testing.
- Gait assessment.
- Any necessary specialty tests based on your injury of symptoms.
Kinesiotape is applied using a special skin-friendly adhesive. This bonding molds to your skin as you go about your day following your session. Your breathable tape is meant to stay on for three to five days. It will stay on through workouts, showers, icing and all other physical activities.
What Are the Benefits of Kinesiotape?
Taping offers a holistic, noninvasive way to create physiological effects for both healing and performance. The real benefit of taping is that it impacts multiple systems at once using what is essentially a passive treatment. Kinesiotape offers benefits for the health of your lymphatic system and circulatory system. If you’d like to learn more about Kinesiotape, please book an appointment with us here at Barnes Chiropractic!
Frequently Asked Questions About Kinesiotape
Can You Wear Kinesiotape All the Time?
Tape is meant to stay on for no more than five days at a time. It’s important to have your tape removed to allow your skin to “breathe” for a period before reapplying the tape.
Will I Feel Kinesiotape on My Body? Does It Hurt?
Wearing Kinesiotape is not painful. While you may be aware of the tape right after application, most people forget it’s there after a few minutes.
Can I Apply Kinesiotape on My Own?
While several companies sell sports tapes, applying tape at home won’t provide the same benefits as having tape professionally applied by a musculoskeletal expert.